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Birthday Parties Our Best Memories

Birthday Parties Loaded Loot Bags

Performing Arts Local Kids Q&A

Performing Arts Considering Dance Classes





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Summer Sun, Soaks, and Sand!

Summer is officially here this month, and at WestCoast Families, we can’t wait for sand, surf and all that the Lower Mainland is known for. And with the kids soon out of school, there’s a lot to do, plan, and see to keep your little ones entertained and engaged throughout the educational break.

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With June comes our annual Summer Learning issue, with a feature on journalling as a method to boost literacy over the holidays. Also, we’re looking at Performing Arts, which is a great way to boost confidence and teach your child a new and creative skill. Check out the fun features on our favourite child performers. Last but not least, don’t miss our Party Guide listings and a fun article on unique loot bag ideas for your next birthday party!

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It wouldn’t be a June issue if we didn’t think to thank all WestCoast dad’s out there. Happy Father’s Day to all! If you’re looking for a way to celebrate, check out our article on fun places to take your father for a special day he won’t forget. Happy Summer!

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Greff Growler Holder

Hang Out Place Hammock

These snazzy, waxed canvas bags help dad to hold his beer growler wherever he goes! With beautiful leather straps and high quality, Vancouver-based craftsmanship, this gift will stand the test of time.

Granville Island is home to the Hang Out Place, where you can find the perfect Father’s Day gift of a cozy hammock for one, two, or the whole family! With a variety of colours, materials, and sizes, all with their own use, you can lean back, relax, and hang out! | $80 | $90 and up

Breville IQ Kettle Pure If Dad loves coffee or tea, check out the Breville IQ Kettle Pure, designed to heat water to the perfect temperature for whatever your favourite beverage. We love the five temperature settings, the keep warm button and the cool glass design! | $200


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Star Wars Yarns These super fun yarn book creations retell popular stories in short snippets for kids! Made by twin brothers from Vancouver, each story is complemented by amazing images of hand-felted Star Wars characters and scenes. The whole family will love them!

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birthday parties our best memories

My favourite birthday party was face painting and a magic show. Magic is awesome! I want to watch magic so I can learn it when I grow up. Another favourite was my friend’s party where there was a candy bar and we got to make our own goodie bags.

Olivia, 7


The best birthday party I ever went to was my friend Olivia’s seventh birthday party because she had a huge candy bar! We got to make special jars and put all the candy in it... My favorite candy was probably the licorice ... Or the rockets - I love rockets. I played just dance with all the people at the party! My favorite songs that we danced to were the mixed songs because they kept changing. I had sooooo much fun! I tried my first hamburger - it was really good!

Ryan, 7

The best birthday party I have been to was my own when I had my birthday party at Bopomo Photography. It was a photo shoot party. I got to invite lots of my friends and we got to dress up in colorful tutus and take a lot of funny pictures. I liked it because we got to do poses we wanted, not only formal pictures. After we were all done taking pictures we had giant cupcakes from Cupcakes. We all had the best time!

Emma, 10

wcf resources in My favourite birthday so far was my 12th birthday when I went with four of my best friends to cosmic bowling at The Zone Bowling Centre in Richmond. We got to eat pizza, drink pop and play two games of bowling all while we were glowing from the “black” lights. Afterwards, we came home and had a sleepover at my place. One of my favourite birthday parties EVER!



Cameron, 12

Living Magic Entertainment My favorite birthday party was my friend Georgia’s. We went to the pool and I really liked it because it was a pool that I haven’t been to in a long time. I liked swimming there because there were lots of obstacles. Half the time we were swimming and then got out and we were in a room next to the pool listening to music and eating Volcano cake.

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loot bags alternate ideas for kids’ party bags by Heidi Turner

For parents planning a party, preparing loot bags is either an extremely stressful attempt to create the perfect memento or an afterthought, filled with candy rings and cheap toys. But loot bags shouldn’t be stressful, and they don’t have to be filled with throwaway gifts. Gone are the days of cheap erasers, plastic trinkets, and tiny streamers. There are many ideas for fun gift bags that children will enjoy and parents will appreciate.

Theme Bags A loot bag is an extension of your party—reflecting the fun and whimsy of the celebration. If your party has a theme, use that theme for the loot bag. Throwing a pirate party? Use pirate themed toys and treats. Having an animalthemed party? Give your guests an inexpensive stuffed animal.

Do-It-Yourself Gift Bags If you do an art or craft at the birthday party, you can use the creations as part of the gift bag. Have the guests decorate shirts or socks, then include those in the gift bag. Even better, buy blank canvas loot bags and have your guests decorate those. That way, you’re not sending home cheap plastic bags that’ll wind up in a landfill.

Loot Bag Items Even if you don’t have a theme for your party or loot bag, there are plenty of items you can include in your party bag that won’t annoy fellow parents and won’t break the bank. Forget plastic toys, flimsy school supplies, and unappealing candy. You can choose between including a few, less expensive items or one larger, high-quality gift that your party guests will use repeatedly. Parents will be envious of the swag.

Gift Cards Gift cards aren’t just for birthday and Christmas presents. Kids love getting gift cards they can spend on something they truly want. Giving small gift cards to a bookstore encourages your partygoers to buy a book they’ve always wanted. If it’s summertime, why not give gift cards to a local ice cream or gelato store?


If gift cards aren’t your thing, you could always share an age-appropriate book with your party guests. Kidsbooks in Vancouver has books for children and youth from very young to young-at-heart. You’re sure to find books that will delight all partygoers.

(Really Good) Candy Children always like candy! But they can get their hands on grocery store candy any day of the week. Why not buy specialty treats and support a local business at the same time? Sugar and Co. Sweet Shop not only has delicious specialty candy, it has a range of loot bags to suit a variety of party themes. Prices range from $1.50 for one item up to $5.00 for multipacks, or you can create your own.

Sidewalk Chalk Encouraging artistic endeavours is always a good thing. Sidewalk chalk promotes creativity and imagination and gets kids outside in the fresh air. Even better, it brightens up the local concrete! The Granville Island Toy Company sells buckets of jumbo chalk for only $7. Buy a bucket or two and some ribbon and tie three or four sticks of chalk together for your guests.

Seeds Not all loot bag gifts have to be consumable. Giving seeds promotes environmental thinking and gives your party guests something to be responsible for. Planting the seed can turn into their own science experiment, as they measure their plant’s growth. Stop by your local garden store—Art Knapp, perhaps—and choose some plants that are easy to grow once partygoers return home. Sunflowers are often a favourite because they grow quickly.

Labels Labels might not seem like loot bag material, but Mabel’s Labels must be seen to be believed. They’re fun, waterproof and good for just about any item, from children’s clothes, to lunch boxes, to pencils. If a child can lose it, Mabel’s Labels can label it. You can even get a party pack of name stickers for up to six children for $30. Each label has the guest’s name and a personalized graphic. Keeping track of your items was never so much fun. Children will love the fun while parents will be happy to have something practical.

Uno Cards Let’s face it; the weather isn’t always nice in the Lower Mainland. Kids need activities they can do inside, too. Putting a deck of playing cards, or a card game like Uno in a loot bag gives your guests something fun to do indoors. Plus, their parents will appreciate the quiet they enjoy while their children play games. The cards may even encourage family time. You can get a deck of Uno cards for $9 at Chapters, or for $13, you can get Uno Frozen, with graphics of characters from the movie.

If putting together a loot bag is too stressful for you, local companies can come to the rescue. Bag O’ Swag is a Vancouverbased company that creates amazing party bags, combining a variety of toys in a reusable drawstring bag. Bags start at $10.

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Pirate Adventures

Brightpath Kids

Playland at the PNE

Castle Fun Park

Richmond Aquatics

Circus West

Rocky Mtn Flatbread

Go Bananas/Funky Monkey

Super Diva Spa Party

Laserdome Plus


Maplewood Farm

Vancouver Maritime Museum

Phoenix Gymnastics

Vancouver Police Museum

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Kids in Performing Arts Q&A With Local Child Performers


ids in performing arts face unique challenges while also exploring their passions! Read our interviews below to get insight into exploring performing arts from a child’s perspective!

Pryor Sohn Age: 12 | Circus Performer 1. What got you involved in PA?  A friend who was doing Circus told me about it and I really enjoyed it when I started. 2. What is the scariest part about performing? If the audience isn’t amused with your performance. 3. What is the most fun part of PA?

Showing off your tricks. I really like riding the unicycle, doing silks and juggling.

Tuuli MacLean-Smith Age: 12 | Singer 1. What got you involved in Performing Arts? When I was little I dreamed of being a singer. When I got the chance to do Glee club last year, I said yes straight away. Their company Vancouver Performing Stars (www.performingstars. ca) does musicals and I took a chance and auditioned. I was casted as one of the birds my first year. The following year I auditioned for Alice in Alice @ Wonderland and I was lucky enough to get the part. 2. What is the scariest part about performing? The scariest part about performing for me is when you think you won’t be ready on time or there is a technical difficulty, like if the microphone stopped working or the music doesn’t start on time or starts early, etc. 3. What is the most fun part of PA? I think the funnest (sic) part of performing arts is either making new friends or watching the musical or play transform into something amazing. 4. What is the key to success in PA?

Practice. At home and at Circus. At home I practice riding my unicycle.

The key to success in the performing arts is to practice, practice, PRACTICE!! If you know the lines by heart, you for sure won’t mess up and you’ll have more fun on stage.

5. How/Why should other kids get involved?

5. How/Why should other kids get involved?

It’s a great experience and helps me stay fit. The people are all so nice.

Other kids should totally get involved! They may start off in a small role, but they can work their way up to be a star! To get started you just have to find a trustworthy dance, voice or acting company like Vancouver Performing Stars (he he) and you’ll be involved straight away! I think it’s a great way to spend time and be happier.

4. What is the key to success in PA?

Go to to learn more about kids in Performing Arts!


Sara Bauman Age: 10 | Musician 1. What got you involved in musical instruments? I started piano when I was three and I loved it from the start. And then I started playing on other instruments. Music makes me happy and clears my mind. When I am singing and playing, it is the only thing I am doing. I think of nothing else. I love how clear my mind is. 2. What is the scariest part about performing and playing? Being in front of people on centre stage. 3. What is the most fun part of playing? Mastering the songs and being proud of the final version. 4. What is the key to success in learning and playing?  Patience and selflove. 5. How/Why should other kids get involved? It is a great way to express yourself. Don’t think too much. Just pick up and start playing. 

Andie Assaly Age: 11 | Dancer 1. What got you involved in PA? My mom and dad put me into ballet lessons when I was two with a Russian ballet teacher. From then on, I loved dance and continued to do it (which I still am doing today). 2. What is the scariest party about PA? The scariest part would be when you are in front of hundreds of people and you mess up (when you fall, trip, etc.). 3. What is the most fun part of PA? The most fun part would be that you are with your friends, you don’t think about school and you feel completely free. 4. What is the key to success in PA? The key would be to listen to your teacher, ask lots of questions and PRACTICE. As one of my teachers said, “The only place SUCCESS comes before WORK is in the dictionary.” 5. How/Why should other kids get involved in PA? Well, it is great exercise, lots of fun, and you make lots of special friends. Half of my friends today I met when I was three in dance. June 2015 15

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Considering Dance Classes How to Select a Dance Studio by Racquel Foran


o your little one has shown an interest in dancing, now what? Do you just let him twirl around the living room, or do you immediately enrol him in a dance class to encourage his interest? And if you do decide to enrol your child, which genre do you choose? What kind of program? How many hours per week? Breaking down your wants, needs, and expectations will go a long way to ensuring you make the best choice for your child.

Start Simple There really are a lot different dance programs to choose from. Some are quite expensive and require a yearlong commitment. It is best to avoid programs like this for a first time experience. For children new to dance, a class offered at a community centre, or a seasonal recreational class with a dance studio is a good idea. These kinds of classes are a great way for your child to try dance without a huge financial or time commitment. If they enjoy the experience, you can then look into a more permanent dance program with a studio.

What to Consider in a Studio When choosing a dance studio you need to consider a number of things including budget, ability to get your child to class at the scheduled times (dance classes usually run between 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Monday to Friday), and if you want a recreational or competitive program. If your monthly budget is only $50 and you commute by public transit, you would likely want a recreational class close to home or your child’s school. However, if your child wants to compete and has an interest in trying multiple genres of dance, you would want to research dance studios that offer competitive classes in the genres that interest your child.


What to Ask the Studio Once you have shortlisted some dance studios based on your needs and wants, arrange to visit each studio, meet with the studio director, and ask questions. How long has the studio been in business? What is the training and education of the faculty? Do faculty and staff have to clear a criminal record check? Do faculty and staff have first aid training? How many students in each class? How much does each class cost? In how many competitions does the studio enter their dancers? What other expenses are there in addition to monthly tuition?

What to Look For in a Facility Once a child joins a dance studio, they often dance there until they graduate from high school. Their dance studio becomes their second home. It is important that both you and your child find a studio that makes you feel welcome and comfortable. Ask for a tour of the studio. While walking around, look at the overall condition of the facility. Is it clean? Are the dance floors, mirrors, and barres in good repair? Is there a lounge for dancers? Is there a parent bulletin board? Make sure the studio meets your expectations before committing your child to their classes. Most importantly, dance should be fun. Your child should enjoy his experience, so look for a positive environment where your child will blossom. Racquel Foran is the Publisher of just dance! magazine and Event Manager for danceXpo – Greater Vancouver’s 1st dance networking event at Anvil Centre, June 13 & 14, 2015.

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performing arts Check out these local businesses that specialize in kids performing arts classes and lessons. Circus West Circus arts Fairfield Music Music lessons Gateway Theatre Acting, theatre, singing HarmonyExpressive Arts – Music Together Music, expressive arts, art therapy Place des Arts Visual arts, dance, theatre Royal City Youth Ballet Ballet Tom Lee Music Music and instrumental lessons Vancouver Phoenix Gymnastics Gymnastics

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get out there and celebrate t Granville Island, Vancouver 7am–Midnight Pancake breakfast, live jazz, the annual Canada Day Bike Race, patriotic events and of course, beautiful fireworks. Canada Place, Vancouver 10am-6pm Headline music per formers, dancers, lumberjack show, Army, Navy & Air Force displays, exhibitors, and sports zone. Parade at 7pm on Georgia Street and fireworks at 10:30pm. Tons of family fun! Chalmers Park, Delta 6:30pm-10:30pm Don’t miss the hamburgers, hot dogs, and refreshments, and of course, cake for the first 500 visitors. And don’t miss the fireworks. 18

Delta Museum, Ladner 9am-12pm Pancake breakfast, live music, kids activities, and cake. Burnaby Village Museum 11am-4:30pm Heritage games, entertainers, parade, and red velvet cupcakes. Also, photo ops with Captain and Mrs. Canada! Edmonds Park, Burnaby 11am-2:30pm Games, multicultural entertainment, activities, and food. Also, Charlotte Diamond will be performing for the kids and parents can have fun with the Bingo game.

Free Concert at Swangard Stadium 5pm-10:30pm Join rock legends 54-40 for a free concert! The event will take place Wednesday, July 1st at Swangard Stadium located at Kingsway & Boundary Road in Burnaby. The concert is free to the public and gates open at 5:00pm with the fireworks show slated for dusk. Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, Surrey 10am-10:30pm Largest celebration in Western Canada. World class entertainment, great food, games, amusement rides, bouncy castles. Fireworks at 10:15pm

the Canuck in you on July 1st! Steveston Village, Richmond 6:30am-5pm 70,000 visitors can’t be wrong! Don’t miss the Salmon Festival, which includes parade, craft shows, cultural events, and a salmon BBQ. Abbotsford Exhibition Park, Abbotsford 12am-12pm Festival, parade, art market, family activities. Win lots of fun prizes with Jungle Jamboree. Create your own float! Fireworks at 10pm. Waterfront Park, North Vancouver 12-4pm Craft market, performances, family activities, bouncy castle, entertainment, community displays, and BBQ, all hosted by the Lions Gate Rotary Club.

John Lawson Park, West Vancouver 4:30-10:30pm Live entertainment, family activities, and BBQ. Or bring a picnic and wear national colours to celebrate. Fireworks at 10:30pm. festivals

Run Canada Day, Westbrook Village, Vancouver 9:30am-1pm All proceeds go to the Canadian Diabetes Association while runners celebrate with family, friends and neighbours.

Willoughby Community Park, Langley 11am-11pm Family activities, rides, mini golf, live entertainment, marketplace, car show, ethnic foods, dog show, pony rides. Fireworks at 10:30pm.

The Ultimate Canada Day Boat Party, Vancouver 12-10pm DJs, drummers, and dancing make for a fun party you won’t forget! w w ultimate-canada-day-boat-party/

Memorial Peace Park, Maple Ridge 10am-4pm Family activities, entertainment, community displays.

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Dear Diary Journalling with Children to Boost Literacy By Claire Philipson


f you were to ask Sarah Maitland, co-founder of the Writers’ Exchange—a project that runs literacy programs for inner city Vancouver kids—what she was thinking and doing when she was ten years old, she’d probably be able to tell you in great detail. She’s filled a stack of more than 60 personal journals since grade 3, and now, beyond offering a window into her younger self, she sees journalling as a great way for kids to develop their literacy skills—something that can be particularly important over the summer break. “Kids who read and write over the summer—especially with an enthusiastic adult—maintain or even increase their literacy skills while school is out, but kids who don’t have the opportunity to practice their literacy skills often lose them over the summer and return to school behind their peers,” explains Maitland. Literacy learning is most effective when reading and writing are connected to the ins and outs of everyday life. A personal journal is a creative and inexpensive way that kids of all ages can engage with words and the world around them. While they’re recording events or detailing their thoughts, feelings, or other insights, kids are often engaging in critical thinking or dealing with emotions they aren’t necessarily able to communicate in other ways. Journalling should give kids the freedom to practice writing, explore their emotions, and unleash their creativity in a completely non-judgmental arena. Madelyn Mulvaney, the founder of the Luminous Elephant Arts Studio in Vancouver, which offers journalling classes for students ranging from 3 to 16 years old, stresses the importance of allowing children to have total control over their journal. While acknowledging that “it’s easy to get caught up in what we want our children to produce,” she says it’s key that parents don’t interfere with what their children are creating—or how they are going about it. For children, journals are effectively “their room where they can understand themselves better.” To achieve true freedom of expression, children need to trust that


they have ownership over that space. So, parents, as tempting as it may be, if your child wants their journal to be private, no peeking, commenting, or correcting! This is not the place to worry about spelling and grammar. Journalling also has a host of benefits for younger children who can’t yet read or write. Working on a journal with a parent’s help (or alone if they prefer) will allow them to experiment with letters, words, and the conventions of writing. It can even give them the space and time to process an event or an emotion that’s on their mind. While children may need help with transcribing, parents should avoid editing or prompting the flow of conversation, and should allow children to express themselves freely by simply recording exactly what the child details. Dating each entry will allow children to see their progress over time, and create a detailed keepsake they can look back on when they’re older.

Grade 1 teacher Emily Villavicencio bonds with her older child over journalling when her younger child is napping: “it’s a great chance for us to connect on an older level without having to accommodate the needs and energy of a two-year-old.” She is hoping that journalling with her daughter will progress into letter writing between them, and eventually become an avenue of communication they can call on during the preteen and teenage years. “I think that for me as a young person, having had a journal that I kept with my mom would have been a great additional tool. Also a chance for mom to show her humanity, to show that everyone has bad days and worries, etc.”

Journal Buddies has compiled a list of prompts specifically designed to speak to teens. Some good ones to try are:

Engaging children of any age with journalling is all about giving them control and making it a fun endeavour that supports experimentation. Offer a selection of different types of books—soft cover, hardcover, lined, unlined, etc.—and let them choose. Supply stickers, crayons, different pens, and even memorabilia from trips or outings so they can personalize their journal and get crafty with their entries if they want to.

Great Canadian Kids Daily Journal by Cyndy Regeling

Set aside time for journalling, and get your journal out and write alongside them. If your child seems stuck or uninspired, you can offer writing prompts or incorporate games to get them going. Mulvaney says the younger children in her journalling classes love experimenting with typewriters and creating found poetry using words and sentences cut out of old thrift store books. Ultimately, says Mulvaney, art is an effective way to facilitate an “ease of entry” into linguistics and to help children “access the beauty of words effortlessly.”

Writing Prompts If children are feeling self-conscious or don’t know what to write about, a writing prompt can be a great tool to help them get started. Some of the most popular prompts that Madelyn Mulvaney uses at Luminous Elephant Arts Studio are: “Share three things that made you feel so happy today.” “The place where I feel most like myself is …” “A dream I have for myself is…” “I wish …” Journalling can be a valuable tool during the preteen and teenage years to help youth express themselves and gain confidence in their individuality.

“What is something that you believe in strongly?” “Do you act differently online than in real life?” “How have you changed since last school year?”

Journalling Resources The Great Canadian Kids Daily Journal is geared specifically toward Canadian kids who are in grades 2 to 8, and is designed to help establish a daily writing practice. It has more than 150 writing prompts arranged monthly, as well as space for free writing.

The Creative Journal for Children: A Guide for Parents, Teachers, and Counselors by Lucia Capacchione The Creative Journal for Children: A Guide to Parents, Teachers, and Counselors has 72 journalling prompts that are designed for kids in kindergarten all the way up to youth in junior high. The exercises aim to foster self-expression and confidence in writing, establish a positive self-image, and enrich academic abilities.

The Children’s Travel Journal by Ann Banks Going on a family trip this summer? A travelogue can be a wonderful way to engage children with a consistent journalling routine. The Children’s Travel Journal encourages kids to record highlights from a vacation, like favourite destinations, first impressions, best days/ worst days, and unforgettable occasions.

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>> Vancouver Teen to Encourage Congress for Diabetes Research This July, the JDRF (formerly the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) will hold an event gathering 160 children aged 4-17 to talk to members of the United States Congress in Washington, encouraging more research and support in finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. Jack, who is 14 years old and lives in Vancouver, will be attending the event as a delegate to give a voice to those in the Lower Mainland suffering with the disease. Jack won’t be alone though. He will have the support of all the other delegates, celebrity sponsors and more, who all will continue to push for funding for juvenile diabetes research. “We are so proud that Jack will be representing JDRF Canada to raise awareness about T1D in an effort to seek increased support for T1D research,” says Dave Prowten, President and CEO, JDRF Canada. Jack is excited too, and hopes to speak on behalf of all of those who need further research. “Together, we’re hoping our voices will be heard by the U.S. Senators and Congressmen,” says Jack. With a united voice and a powerful cause, the JDRF is sure to make their point heard at United States Congress.

>> Vancouver-Based Students Win Provincial French Public Speaking Competition For some, the idea of public speaking is fraught with anxiety and nerves, not to mention preparing a speech all your own to be shared with a room full of people. But it is an excellent skill to develop in children, as it builds their confidence, independence and bravery to tackle new challenges. Many schools operate annual public speaking competitions and recently, the Provincial French Public Speaking Competition, Concours d’art oratoire, was held with over 10,000 competitors across British Columbia. A whopping 240 made the provincial competition and 10 Vancouver-based students chatted their way to success, winning some of the top honours. “In addition to the cultural and language benefits, Concours d’art oratoire helps students develop their creative and public speaking abilities, as well as selfconfidence,” said Patti Holm, President of Canadian Parents for French BC & Yukon. Check out the website for more details on winners and their speeches!


>> BC Teachers Winning Inclusive Education Award For parents with children who have special needs, the school system can be fraught with frustration as parents try to ensure their child has all the necessary tools and skills to succeed later in life. Thankfully, inclusivity is on the forefront of many educator’s minds and Inclusion BC and the Canadian Association for Community Living awarded two Delta educators with the National Inclusive Education Award. Grade seven teacher, Sharon Reifel, and teaching assistant, Sandra Lessingham received the award to acknowledge the women’s ability to recognize and encourage all students. The award noted that both Reifel and Lessingham used their influence and enthusiasm to help children reach their educational potential that was supportive of each child’s special strengths. “Sharon approached the teaching of my son with a strong ‘promote independence’ attitude. Both Sharon and Sandra helped me see my son’s wider potential,” said Si Stainton, whose son has autism. Sharon Reifel and Sandra Lessingham received the award at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre on May 28, at the Inclusion BC conference.

>> Vancouver Draw Down There’s nothing more liberating than creating something from nothing and with a pen in your hand, anything can turn to magic on the page. Don’t miss the 6th annual Vancouver Draw Down on June 20 for an artistic experience you won’t forget! This event focuses on celebrating art and drawing with various free writing workshops all across the city of Vancouver, with opportunities for any age, skill level and ability. Some participating locations include the Emily Carr University, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver Opera and several community centres. Workshops are led by professional artists, so you’ll get firsthand knowledge of technique and skill. Hit up a gallery, help create a mural, draw while blindfolded and above all, have fun! Drawing is a precious skill that helps boost communication and encourage independence and creativity, especially in children. Simply attend a workshop and get to work making your latest and greatest masterpiece. Better yet, get the entire family involved to participate in one of the events and make a family art project.

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Kris Maan family farm aficionado By Kelly S. Thompson | Photo by Revival Arts


“Our entire family is involved on the farm, and we enjoy planning and brainstorming new and exciting things to do with it,”


n British Columbia, we’re lucky to have a variety of different climates that make growing different foods possible. We have so many amazing local farms full of berries, veggies and more. None of these farms is better known than Maan Farms in Abbotsford, BC, notorious for their amazing wines, berries, and fun adventures for families in the Lower Mainland. Unfortunately, they also became news last year when their farm burned down, leaving the Maan family to start over and rebuild the fruit empire that supported the family. But patriarch Kris Maan knew that with a little hard work and dedication to both family and farm, the berry-producing business could be revived, growing better than ever. Kris and the Maan Farm team are working harder than ever to recreate their dream. Maan Farm has been in the family for more than 35 years, started by Kris’ parents, originally a small roadside stand that sold fresh berries. From there, the business grew into the reimagining of farming possibilities, eventually opening a restaurant, winery, gift shop, and more, with the whole family involved in the process from start to finish. Today, Kris’ parents have retired but Kris and his wife, two sons and two daughters are taking Maan Farms to new heights. “Our entire family is involved on the farm, and we enjoy planning and brainstorming new and exciting things to do with it,” said Kris. “We also love sharing it with our community at any event we can.” With a new little Maan in the picture, Kris’ grandchild, the legacy of the farm looks like it will continue for at least another generation. These days it seems more and more family farms are disappearing, taken over by developers or a lack of agricultural interest. Farming is difficult business, with long thankless hours and hard physical labour, not to mention that days off are rare, as plants never sleep. Children of farmers are taking less interest in carrying on in their parents’ footsteps, but Kris insists he always knew that it was the life for him. “I could see myself being self-motivated, in this independent form of business,” he said. “I was looking past myself to my family and future generations benefitting from these choices and this business.” Thankfully his two sons are eager to take over when Kris is ready to retire, meaning future generations of Lower Mainlanders will be delighted with all the Maan Farm offerings for many years to come. On top of being a family-owned farm, Maan Farms is also a hotspot for other families to spend their summers, spending quality time away from the television screen. The Maan Farms fire rebuild included a market to sell ice cream, jam, and other treats, along with a petting zoo, corn maze, adventure zone and wagon rides, so kids can get their dose of summer fun. Maan Farms also caters to tours and events for the whole family,

with parents able to try the tasty berry wines and children given free range of the various playgrounds and adventure opportunities. “We do educational tours, have many attractions such as a petting zoo, zip-lines, racetracks, and playgrounds,” said Kris. “Our education centre teaches in depth agriculture lessons to both kids and adults, on growing crops and farming with live demonstrations.” With their variety of offerings to the public, it quickly becomes clear that the Maan family is a finely tuned machine, with every family member a cog in the farming wheel. Kris takes great pleasure in his work, in particular, watching something grow from seed to produce, ready to be eaten, with the best part being the finished product and the finesse involved in creating the perfect produce. “To get it in our geographic location/climate is complex, and a day can mean so much to the plants, both negative and positive, based on weather,” said Kris. “Equally important is being good to the land, keeping it fertile, and rotating your crops, growing as sustainably as possible.” His passion for healthy foods is infectious, making it no wonder why Maan Farms has been such a large success. When it comes to downtime, Kris’ idea of a great day is simple; he enjoys spending time with his family, which thankfully, he gets to do each day at work. “We are very close and we enjoy working together and sharing in the growing and decision making of this business,” said Kris. He sees the farm as a way to unite his family and their futures, entwined not only in their work, but at home too. If there has been a time at which Kris was grateful for his family support, it was during the rebuilding of the farm after the dramatic fire. A testament to their familial and community connections is the way the entire city has rallied to volunteer their time, money and manpower. They have worked solidly over the last ten months, along with the community and city of Abbotsford, to bring the business back to life after the main building burnt to the ground. “Rebuilding has been very challenging, even now, ten months later. The community support was outstanding, and is still strong…. The City of Abbotsford really went above and beyond…” Kris said. Thanks to all the generous support, their reopening at the end of May started a new era for Maan Farms. The next time you’re looking for something to do with the whole family, a stop to Maan Farms is worth the trip, especially if you’re after Kris’ favourite crop: “Raspberry—I like them fully ripe, picked right off the vine.” Seeing the cohesion, love and dedication in the Maan family will be nothing short of inspirational and you’ll leave with a car full of berries, other produce and perhaps some wine!

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hot spots for father’s day Our dads do a lot for us, and they deserve all the attention they can get on Father’s Day. On June 21, check out our list below and spoil your dad! Race On Families who race together, stay together… or something like that! There are many runs and rides happening on Father’s Day, and it’s a great way to hang out as a family and raise funds for great causes. - Ride Don’t Hide, benefitting Canadian Mental Health Association. 10km, 20km, 60km rides. - Do it for Dads, benefitting prostate cancer. 5km run. - The Father’s Day Walk Run, benefitting prostate cancer. Tot run, 2 or 5 km walk, 10km run

Eat and Shop If Dad is a night owl, take him to a local market for some food, fun and entertainment, and to browse the wares too. Hours vary, but most markets start at 6 or 7pm and go late. Surrey Night Market | Richmond Night Market | International Night Market |

From the Sea to the Sky

Explore YVR

Head to Squamish for a day of adventure. Visit Britannia Mine Museum, including the Science of Metals exhibit, underground tour and train, and gold panning. Then take the Sea to Sky Gondola to help Dad get a new perspective: hiking, panoramic views and great photo opportunities. Finish off the day with a special Father’s Day Sunset dinner menu.

After an amazing lunch at Globe YVR restaurant at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport, take the experience of a lifetime with a tour of the airport maneuvering area of YVR. You’ll learn about runway safety, wildlife control, emergency response and more, from a fully certified Airside Safety Officer. Adults $59, Children $29, includes tour and lunch.

Pizza and a Beer

Enter the Fan Zone

Now THAT will get Dad’s attention! Rocky Mountain Flatbread will be serving up $5 local craft beers for Dad, while the kids explore the play area. Plus kids can make their own pizzas from 5pm-7pm at the Kitsilano and Main Street locations.

For soccer fan dads, don’t miss the free fan zone for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Vancouver at West Georgia at Cambie. Starting at noon, this day includes two matches on the big screen, a street soccer tournament, First Nations performance, food, beer and music too. All ages, free admission.


timeout Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Circle Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, Vancouver Thursdays, 6:15-8:15pm Open to all grandparents and other relatives raising a family member’s child. 604.669.1616 Vancouver Craft Beer Week Throughout Vancouver May 20-June 7 Welcome to the sixth annual Vancouver Craft Beer Week, where it’s finally come to this… lumberjacks. Although the theme changes each year, what hasn’t changed is the dedication to world-class craft beer events and the biggest and baddest beer festival this city has ever seen. Pancakes & Booze Art Show Republic, Vancouver June 4, 7pm-2am Pancake batter is sizzling and beer froth is flowing. Indie musicians and djs break sound waves off the canvas-lined graffiti-strewn walls, while revelers stuff their faces with endless amounts of free pancakes! 100 in 1 Day Vancouver Throughout Vancouver, please check website June 6 What if hundreds of people united, each taking one small action to improve their city, all on the same day? 100 in 1 Day is a global festival of civic engagement returning to Metro Vancouver. Bakers Market Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre June 7 & 14, 11am-3pm Bring your mom with you to the Baker’s Market and you’ll get a FREE candle votive holder, as our gift to your Mom! Free admission, free parking, free tasting samples! It’s going to be sunny so enjoy the outdoor playground and bring your picnic cloth too. June Exhibitions Opening Place des Arts, Coquitlam June 11, 7pm Fine art, inspiration and a glass of wine. Three exhibitions feature works by Place des Arts 2014/15 visual arts students, Place des Arts alumni and Don Portelance’s teen Art Enhancement Workshop students. Free.

Kid-free Events for Mom & Dad!

Take it back to the fab 50s! Heritage Hall, Vancouver June 12, 6-11pm A Wish to Wed is taking you back to the fabulous 50s! You will have a blast at this fantastic dance party! Your ticket includes one drink of your choice, as well as entry to our 50s dance lesson pre-event at 6pm, followed by the party at 7pm.

The Great Grandview Garage Sale Broadway to Burrard Inlet, Clark Dr to Nanaimo June 20 Sell your stuff. Meet your neighbours. Buy their stuff at this enormous community-wide garage sale across the entire Grandview Woodland neighbourhood.

In Tune 2015, the Art of Canadian Musicals Various Venues around Granville Island June 12–21 In Tune is a Vancouver-based biennial event that develops and showcases new Canadian musicals, and supports the artists engaged in creating and performing them. In Tune’s creative mixture of performances, showcases, master classes, discussion, and development has helped make the Canadian musical hip!

Broken Beauties The Demonstration Garden at Derek Doubleday Arboretum, Langley June 20, 10am-12noon Learn an easy method to upcycle broken pottery and tiles into a garden stepping stone that you can take home. Use supplied materials or bring your own broken dishes, shells, stones, beads, jewellery, or other trinkets. 12+ years—Free. Registration required by June 12. 604.546.0344

Back to Life! Yoga for Low Back Care with Jacci Collins Semperviva Yoga Kits Beach Studio, Vancouver June 13, 1:30-3:30pm In this two-hour workshop suitable for all-levels, you’ll discuss the three main muscle groups that are responsible for maintaining the delicate balance of the lower back: hamstrings, psoas, and core. You will discover your own strengths and weaknesses in these areas and move through a nourishing practice dedicated to the back, providing you with tools to heal and maintain. Free. Vintage Barn Market Chilliwack Heritage Park June 13, 10am-4pm The Fraser Valley’s most anticipated market of the year. For those who love all things vintage, dreaming and creating, fashion, weddings and planning, marketing and collecting, business and networking! Night at the Aquarium Vancouver Aquarium June 18, 7pm Guests will embark on a journey to an enchanting aquatic world while enjoying great wine, delicious Ocean Wise food, live music and a spectacular array of exciting items in our live and silent auctions. This is not an event to be missed so purchase your tickets early to avoid disappointment. Tickets: $300 

6th Annual Vancouver Draw Down Various locations throughout Vancouver June 20 Celebrating its sixth year, this is an all-day celebration of drawing with over 30 free drawing workshops across Vancouver, designed for people of all ages, skills and talents. All of the workshops are free and designed/led by local professional artists. Town and Country Vintage Market Taves Family Farms, Abbotsford June 27 This venue is very rustic with wood plank floors and vintage lighting. This market offers a small venue leading up to the holiday season that reflects our style of work and involves the local businesses. Heart-Mind 2015 Human Connection in a Digital World October 2-3, 2015 (early-bird pricing ends June 20) Vancouver Trade & Convention Centre Join educators, researchers, parents, and caregivers as we explore the latest research, strategies and best practices for teaching and raising children in the digital age. How is constant, multi-screen connectivity transforming education, children’s’ relationships with peers and adults, and their Heart-Mind wellbeing? Heart-Mind 2015: Human Connection in a Digital World will feature presentations and workshops, networking and many important conversations.

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community Animal Show Richmond Nature Park Ongoing until June 29, 3-3:30pm Visit the Richmond Nature House’s small collection of live animals that are the ambassadors for the wildlife community of the bog. The Animal Shows are suitable for all ages. Admission is by donation.

Doors Open Richmond Kick Off Steveston Museum, Richmond June 5, 4:30-8:30pm Immerse yourself in local Japanese Canadian history with the opening of the Japanese Fishermen’s Benevolent Society Building on site. Enjoy refreshments, live performances, and Japanese themed activities.

Dot & Ziggy on The BEE Stage Carousel Theatre for Young People, Granville Island June 3-14 A fresh take on family entertainment, theatre for the very young is a gentle and immersive storytelling experience enjoyed in an intimate studio space. Children, parents and caregivers sit on mats as the action happens all around them, and little ones are welcome to move and interact. $15. 604.685.6217 | 

Hats Off Day June 6, 9am-4pm Hastings Street, Burnaby Enjoy the parade at 9am and stay for the street festival. Join other families and friends for music, food and children’s activities.

Healthy Kids Preschool Fair Bonsor Recreation Complex, Burnaby June 4, 9:30am-12noon Parents with preschoolers, come and take part in free activities! Parkcrest Spring Carnival Parkcrest Elementary School, Burnaby June 5, 4:30-8:30pm The fair includes a bouncy castle, dunk tank, joust with bungee, face painting, carnival games, food and much more. There will be raffle prizes and a silent auction. Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer Live! Search for the City of Lost Toys The ACT Arts Centre & Theatre June 5, 6:30pm - 9pm This interactive live show will have the whole family out of their seats singing and dancing along. Dora welcomes families to discover, communicate, overcome obstacles, solve puzzles and discover a diverse and exciting world along with her on one incredible adventure.


Marpole Community Day Oak Park adjacent to Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre, Vancouver June 6, 11am-3pm Free activities on the day include amusement rides, inflatables, games, activities, stage performances and professional entertainment. The Marpole youth will host the food concession to help fund youth activities at the centre. In addition, community tables featuring local organizations, community groups and exhibitions will be onsite.   RMH BC Amazing Journey June 6, 9am-2pm Vancouver Sign up as a pair, fundraise in advance and then race through Vancouver Cambie corridor looking for clues, taking part in fun challenges and getting a little silly. After the race, enjoy a celebration BBQ at the new Ronald McDonald House BC. All funds raised will help keep families together while their seriously ill child receives treatment. Registration is $25. Creative Cafe Minnekhada Regional Park, Coquitlam June 7, 1-4pm The Minnekhada Park Association presents fun, creative activities for kids of all ages at this monthly open house at historic Minnekhada Lodge. Learn about the history and natural wonders of the park. Free, drop in event for all ages. ​604.432.6359 |

Salmon Stewards Painting Party Cloverdale Athletic Park Playground June 7, 4-6:30pm Join the SHaRP team for free family fun and take part in Surrey’s storm drain marking challenge. Snacks and fishy activities included as well! Celebrate World Oceans Week Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, Richmond June 7, 1-4pm Learn how to take care of the ocean, meet a mermaid and listen to ocean tales. Admission is by donation. 604.718.8050 Wildlife in the Garden: Bees, Birds & Butterflies! Richmond June 7, 10-11am Explore all the creatures that make homes in the garden, how to encourage them with plants and habitat, and why they are important for the health of the garden. Then make animal masks to take home. 604.270.4133 | MEC Langley’s 2nd Annual Bikefest MEC Langley store June 7, 11am-5pm Celebrate the joy of bikes and everything bike related! Join the fun and connect with the local cycling community. You can try out gear, test ride a new bike, have a mechanic look at your bike, attend cycle related clinics, yoga, and more! Learn to Fish Meet at the fishing pier at Rice Lake, North Van/West Van June 14, 10am-12noon ​Join the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC to learn the basics; fish identification, proper fish handling, rod rigging, casting, and hands-on fishing.  Rods provided. Ages 5 to 15, rain or shine! Suggested donation of $5 per person. 604.504.4716 Italian Day on the Drive Commercial Drive, Vancouver June 14, 12noon-8pm This vibrant cultural street festival shares all that is Italian in a day-long celebration. The street comes alive with food, music, dancing, fashion, product exhibits and activities.

calendar Tiny Trekkers Belcarra Regional Park, Belcarra June 15 ​Explore and experience the forest with your little rambler! Look for shapes and colours, balance on logs, jump in puddles, count cones, mushrooms or slugs. belcarra Surrey Fusion Festival Holland Park, Surrey July 18-19, 11am-10pm This is truly the ultimate celebration of music, food & culture, bringing together many distinct cultural heritages represented by ethnic groups and service clubs within our community. Surrey Fusion Festival features over 70 acts on four stages, and over 45 pavilions representing the music, food, tradition clothing and dance of many diverse national backgrounds. Free. The Lion King Queen Elizabeth Theatre June 18-July 12 Experience the phenomenon. The most eagerly awaited stage production ever will leap onto the stage. Visually stunning, technically astounding and with a musical score like none other you’ve ever heard. 604.665.3050 Bard on the Beach Vanier Park, Vancouver June 18-Sept, evening and matinee performances This is one of Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare Festivals. Presented in a magnificent setting on the waterfront, the Festival offers Shakespeare plays, related dramas, and several special events in two performance tents from June through September. Schools Out 2015 PlayLand June 19, 7pm-12midnight That’s right, church youth groups & youth organizations have come together and rented out PlayLand again! This year they’re open until midnight, have more giveaways, live music and an epic dance party!

Point Grey Fiesta Trimble Park, Vancouver June 19-21 Starting Saturday with a parade on West 10th avenue, the celebration continues in Trimble Park with stage performances, activities and exhibitors. Carnival rides in Trimble Park operate FridaySunday. With the exception of the carnival rides and midway games, Fiesta entertainment and children’s activities are free of charge. Canadian Festival of Chili & Barbecue Cascades Casino, Langley June 20-21 This is a family friendly festival and samples if the teams delicious chili and BBQ are available to the public. You will be greeted by firefighter volunteers and given a wristband and a sample of chili on Saturday and a pulled pork sandwich on Sunday. By donation. BC Family Fishing Weekend Various cities, check website June 20-21 These events offer an opportunity to learn how to fish and provide lots of useful educational information in a fun and supervised environment. There are knowledgeable volunteers present to show you the tricks of the trade and help you on your way to catching your first lunker! The entire weekend is license free for all Canadians on both salt and fresh water (certain rules and regulations apply). The Fathers Day Run Burnaby Lake Rowing Pavilion June 21, 9am-12:30pm This family friendly event hosts a tot run, 2k stroll, 5k walk and 10k chip timed run. Registrants get a cool t-shirt, barbecue lunch and access to the festival. All proceeds go to Prostate Cancer. Main Street Car Free Festival Broadway to 30th on Main Street June 21, 12noon-7pm Come celebrate for what is shaping up to be the biggest street party ever held on Main. Look for mini-festivals, community-supported stages with dozens of bands, multiple kids zones, artisan markets and more! Rain or shine.

Surrey Doors Open Various locations throughout Surrey June 27, 11am-4pm Enjoy many activities including: festivals, entertainment, children’s activities, guided tours and more! Free hop-on, hop-off transportation makes exploring a variety of sites easy and fun.    Play On! Coquitlam Centre June 27, 8am-8pm & 28, 8am-3pm The Official Canadian Street Hockey Tournament with divisions for both genders, all ages, and all skill levels, is back for their 10th year! Kids Up Front Vancouver Stanley Park, Vancouver June 28 Join this fun event and support underprivileged children attending a variety of entertainment, sports and other events. Participate in the run and raise funds for a great cause! KIDSWORLD 2015 Ongoing KIDSWORLD is a unique program for families with kids between the ages of 4–15. It offers kids, accompanied by a parent/guardian, an opportunity to explore their community together all summer long. Events all summer for one fee. Check website for specific dates and events.

Newton Community Festival Newton Wave Pool, Surrey June 27 A free family event, with live entertainment, food and craft vendors, community displays, and lots of interactive fun activities for all ages. North Delta Family Day Parade June 28, 11am-4pm This parade traditionally begins celebrations of Canada Day in our community. North Delta Family Day and Parade theme this year joins the Canada Day theme for 2015, “Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Canadian Flag”. Don’t miss food, entertainment, activities for kids and more.

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last look Handmade Paper by Jodi Iverson

Handmade paper is beautiful and surprisingly easy to make with items you are very likely to have on hand. Roll up your sleeves and get ready to get messy with this tactile tutorial.

materials • Newspaper, old (non-glossy) wrapping paper, scrap paper… use your imagination! • Bowl • Wooden spoon • Hot water • Aluminum foil • Sharp pencil • Accoutrement such as dried flowers, seeds or glitter

make it! Step 1: Start by tearing your paper into tiny pieces, then place it in a bowl and cover with hot water. Mix the paper and water until it is thoroughly saturated. Let the mixture soak for several hours, stirring occasionally until it is an oatmeal consistency Step 2: Fold a piece of foil into the shape you would like your paper to be and cover it with a layer of pulp. Step 3: Fold a second piece of aluminum foil into the same shape and poke holes into it with a sharp pencil to make a strainer. Place this piece on top of your pulp and press out as much of the extra water as possible. Step 4: At this point you can add decorations to your paper, if you wish. Step 5: Finally, place a third sheet of foil and some heavy books on top of your paper to flatten it, then remove the press and top layer of foil and leave it out overnight so that it can dry. Step 6: In the morning, peel your brand new paper from the aluminum foil!

did you know? • Paper, as we know it today, seems to have been invented around 100 BC in China and was made from mulberry bark, hemp, and rags soaked with water. • According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest sheet of handmade paper measured 13.9 m x 6.9 m • Recycling one ton of paper saves about 17 trees!


specialneeds WestCoast Families is proud to present our 1st annual Special Needs issue, coming July|August! We’ll be featuring great local resources and information for kids with special needs and their families. The feature will continue online with special feature articles, resource listings, cool products, and much more.

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WestCoast Families June 2015  

June issue of WestCoast Families features Kids and Performing Arts, and the annual Party Guide

WestCoast Families June 2015  

June issue of WestCoast Families features Kids and Performing Arts, and the annual Party Guide